Are Samsung phones better?

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  1. jstwondrng
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    All,

    I'm one of the many patient Bionic owners out there who is waiting for the new ICS operating system to hit the phone. I have read several posts concerning ICS, 4.0.5, etc... And to add, I am one of the OG Droid owners as well. I like Motorola phones and have had much fun with both handsets, however, I always hear great things about Samsung phones. They appear to get updates sooner than Motorola, the style/design appears to be more appealing than Motorola phones and their version of the "tweaked" UI is definitely nice.

    So, my question is... Do you guys (objectively) feel Samsung is a better company and their phones are better than Motorola?

    Your thoughts...

    Jstwondrng
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    I've never had any complaints with the Samsung phones I've owned. Albeit they were feature phones. I think it's coming down to 'flavor of the month' when it comes to what phone is considered the best at this point.
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    My friend has a Samsung Fascinate (the only phones I've had were either by LG or Motorola without any problems) which he really likes, but really I don't want to tell you what phone to get. People complain that that Motorola extended batter, which adds 1/8" to the thickness, makes it feel like a brick while others won't be without one.

    Each person has their own tastes. Some hate tbe locked bootloader on the Bionic while I don't even plan to root it.

    Let me say that I bought Motorola because it made the Bionic rather than the Bionic because it was made by Motorola.
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    Build quality on Samsung is average at best. Crappy radios too; just read the threads on the Samsung forums.
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    If you want great build and voice quality go with Moto. It's the luck of the draw with the BIONIC though. Phones that were produced in 9/2011 thru early November was a 50/50 chance. Later production shipments fared much better. If I had to make a choice today I would go with the Razr Maxx. People complain about the sealed battery but who keeps their phones longer than the 2 year contract anyway? If you are not in a rush hold out until the Moto HD gets launched. The other VZW phones will drop in price at that time. I'm one of the lucky BIONIC owners; mine has been rock solid since my purchase last November.
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    Thanks for all the responses! It appears most feel it's the preference of the buyer. I am impressed with the aesthetics of the Samsung phones, albeit, plastic bodies. They definitely look sexier than their Motorola counterparts... But, bottom line is, I want a phone that works! Period!
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    A co-worker of mine just got the SII Skyrocket this week from AT&T. I must say I like the looks and feel of the phone in my hands, and it seems very snappy. However, he is on AT&T's "4G" network and it is DEATHLY slow. So slow that he used my Bionic's wifi tether to down load a 200 mB file so he wouldn't have to wait 30 hours!!

    I will say that his phone on VZW would be pretty kick-ass with an Otterbox case. When I upgrade next May I'll likely be deciding between the newest Moto phone and the SIII/SIV.
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    This post is a contradiction. "If you want great build and voice quality go with MOTO." Then you say the first batch was crap.

    To me, Moto and Verizon go hand in hand. Locked boot loaders and diminishing data plans.

    GUMMY
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    I never said crap, you did. Handset integrity is only part of the problem. Those of us Bionic users have been frustrated since day one of launch. That depends on what road you want to go down. Locked bootloader, ICS delays, LTE outages, data drops, poor marketing,etc. The list goes on and on.... And don't forgot Moto dropped the Razr bomb 1 month after the Bionic was launched. I not here to split hairs with you just trying to help out a friend with a decision. In the end it's his decision to make.
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    To use the example you gave, 50/50 chance of having a good phone doesn't exude quality though. I don't get why people continue to support a manufacturer when that manufacturer has kicked them between the legs.

    I don't disagree, the Bionic is the 4G red headed stepchild from Motorola, much the same way the D3 and X2 are for 3G phones.

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    I'm with you Brad; the Red Headed Step Sister is becoming the new mantra for our loved / hated Bionic. If it wasn't for the few dev's that hung in there long enough to help; many of us probably would have found the highest bridge and chucked our phones by now. The Moto / VZW stranglehold is frustrating to say the least. With NDA's in both camps we will probably never know what the true root cause and possible fix (if any) is for Moto's equipment. I think we as consumers are the end product, lab rats of marketing / sales decisions made... good or bad. Take care and I hope you enjoy your weekend.

    Craig
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    I agree completely. And thanks, I hope your weekend is great as well.

    -Brad

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    Very true.

    I have a 2005 Prius, which I bought new. At that time the Prius was very hard to find on a car lot. Most of the time you got on a list. I'm on a Prius forum (just like here, complaints about this and that or the modifications done). Some posters would say that they hated the Prius' seats and were in pain after driving a half hour. After some discussion you'd find out that they were too large and/or too tall so they didn't fit as well in the seats. We'd also discover that they bought the car WITHOUT A TEST DRIVE! Myself, I driven over 4 hours at a stretch with no problems. So who was right about the seats? Well, we both were.
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    Will do the same; trying to decide what beverage to start with....... something cold for sure!
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    Its a good question. I bought the bionic and mine has been very good. So far any problem I had was caused by me and crap I loaded on it. Sometimes it only streams at work for 10 or 15 min before I need to hit play again in the radio app but other times driving I've stramed pandora for hours straight. The camera is a dud but it was much better after the update( but still mostly a dud). I would have been sorely tempted by the sg2 but my desicion was easy as the verizon didnt release the samsung. The big moto feature that pushed me to the the bionic was "concert mode" in the video cam app. I'm in a band and I go to lots of concerts so something that didnt crap out under load audio was important to me. Within 2 days of getting it I had my first test. IT was Judas Priest with an opening act of Black label society. I recorded BLS first and it was brutally viciously, brain beatingly loud. I couldnt get a clear recording of them because there was nothing clear to get. Still the phone did a remarkable job recording. Later was Judas Priest still very loud of course but controlled and clear and they turned out very well. I don't know if the SG2 could have done as well but I am still very happy with my bionic and that 1 feature has been great for me. Its my default sound recorder and the video isnt very special the sound has been perfect.
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    Hi all, prior to my OD, I had many a samsung, moto, and blackberry. Let's start off with the blackberry. I guess for business, they're okay. For anything else, they're lost in space. Now my samsung phones were prior android but I didn't like the build quality of them. They never lasted for the duration of the two year contract. Once I went to moto. The first thing you notice is its classy design and build quality. Call quality speaks for itself. Went from OD, to droidX, and now bionic. All 3 phones are still going strong. I sold my OD to a friend and it's still operating flawlessly albeit slower and it's almost 3 years old. I use my old X for a backup when I'm working in my garage or doing outside work.
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    Like yourself, I owned an OG and now a Bionic. Likewise, I've enjoyed both. With said, I'm really impressed with Samsung phones & tablets. Currently, I am leaning towards the S3 when it becomes available. IMHO, Motorola has become to fixated on cranking new phones out and become sloppy on fixing problems on predecessor products (ala RAZR/Bionic). Of course I'll keep an eye on Motorola to see what shakes.



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    I couldn't buy a samsung phone cause the nexus just didn't feel expensive enough, u no what I mean? It felt like a disposable camera. Plastic and not very tough but its made to be thrown around and eventually replaced. Moto phones feel expensive like something you should take care of and it will last u a long time. Besides for that, Motorola has the best hardware. Their radios are unrivaled. The gnex people have been complaint a lot lately about not being able to hold a signal or hear from their speaker during a call. Moto just has their act together and makes expensive phones. Sammy makes cheap phones but charges an expensive price

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    Sammy makes phones like they make tvs. They makes the best quality the and its all I buy. But they wouldn't make a good portable device. They're fragile and need to stay in one place. If u found one spot in ur house with a good connection, hung ur nexus on the wall, made sure it never got bumped into and the kids.don't play around it, and warn everyone that its not good to touch the screen cause something bad could happen, then it would be great to show off to people but use a different device for calls, internet etc. Moto has always made phones the way a phone should be and when it comes to quality, they are really unrivaled . Their radios are second to none... and... well what else do need to know?

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    How so? It is on target to receive ICS "early Q3 2012" - the RAZR is supposed to get it "Q2 2012".

    Since Q2 2012 only goes thru the end of June, "early Q3 2012" makes me think the Bionic will get ICS sometime in July (assuming things go as planned).

    It's not like the RAZR is light years ahead as far as OS goes. And it's ALMOST identical to the Bionic, hardware wise. I'll bet you the RAZR gets ICS the last week of June, and we see it first week of July. The Bionic has seen 3 OSes so far (5.5.886 at launch, update to 5.5.893, and update to 5.9.902) and each has shown marked improvement. I do not agree with the "red headed stepchild" comment at all, as the Bionic is very well supported.

    For all of those who think the RAZR is a big step up, it's one of those "grass is greener on the other side" deals. The closest thing the RAZR has to an official ICS build is a leaked version that is risky to install and may take you permanently off the upgrade path. People in the RAZR forum are just as anxious for ICS, and experience the same data issues that some Bionic users experience.
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